I bid you farewell today with a lot of emotion. I am every Indian cricket fan who watched you perform for 24 years (gloriously on days, doggedly when chips were down). I am every person who respects great accomplishments that come with honest effort, perseverance and cultured skill. I am every fan who has admired the grace and the gravity of your on the ground, and off-the-ground words and deeds. You are a worthy hero in your own right, and you have been an inspiration to all of us in more ways and on more days than can be enumerated. I so wish we had more like you in every field. There is more to write and say but we will leave that for another day, as great emotions leave little room for words.
Thank you for every burst of hope and inspiration to provided to me and the nation, and for a career full of accomplishment.